Nature is good for business in WNC

I am the owner and lead designer of Earthsister, a clothing line based in Black Mountain. I moved my business to Western North Carolina because of the natural beauty, the access to outdoor recreation and the region's embrace of the arts. These are important quality-of-life indicators that I greatly value and my target market seeks. […]

Restaurant merry-go-round

Black Mountain is a restaurant merry-go-round. In the short year that I have lived here, I have seen H.T. Papa's restaurant close; it is now a Chinese place. A coffee house on the edge of town closed — the lady who ran it left and opened her place in Old Fort (now I hear it […]

The Stoney Knob in Woodfin offers pan-European food in an eclectically decorated setting

Getaway (without going away)

Sometimes Asheville can feel too crowded. When tourist season’s in full swing and the streets are choked with cars, trucks and buses, a place like Hot Springs can be just the ticket. Conversely, sometimes Asheville feels too small — especially when you’re trying to buy something embarrassing at the grocery store. When you want to […]